But after the final whistle at the Philip II Stadium, Adedeji's spirits were lifted when United manager Mourinho made his way over to his place in the stands, handing him his runners-up medal. We tried to push, we kept believing in our game, carried on, pushing hard and we've been courageous to the end and thank goodness we won this game.
"It's the objective of every one of the top teams and every one of the top team managers". But it didn't quite work out like that: there was no Cottonopolis Clásico, there was no Rumble by the Irwell.
"We have had a better pre-season than last year and we have the confidence levels of a team that has won a European competition and returned to the Champions League".
Premier League champions Chelsea have completed four transfer deals after recruiting Manchester City reserve goalkeeper Willy Caballero, AS Roma's Antonio Rudiger, Monaco's Tiemoue Bakayoko and Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata. While the selflessness was encouraging, the darting run in behind showed Iheanacho has lost none of his edge, and with a run of games, this could be the season he betters his tally of eight goals and two assists in 2015/2016. I'm not in a position to say I'm not happy.
In order to maintain the league's star power, English clubs need to take a tougher stance on selling their best players.
Both north London sides will be tested from the off, with Arsenal kicking off the new season with the visit of Leicester City on Friday evening, and Spurs travelling to Rafa Benitez's Newcastle on Sunday.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was the lone player to reach double figures in the league with 17, while Juan Mata and Wayne Rooney were the next best with a mere six.
Mourinho has guided clubs FC Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Chelsea again, to league titles in his second full season.
Last season was by far the most difficult of Wenger's 21-year reign, with Arsenal's on-pitch travails exposing him to furious protests from angry fans.
"I have conditions to deliver a better team than I did in the first season". It would not be a surprise to see Iwobi follow a similar evolutionary path, and indeed judging by the viciousness of his strike in the Emirates Cup rout of Benfica, he may well be ready for it.
But Mourinho believes there are as many as seven candidates to challenge for Chelsea's crown in the coming campaign.
Guardiola said the current spike in football transfer spending, which culminated in Neymar's recent world record move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain for 222 million euros (£200 million, $260 million), had been building for some time. Here are 5 areas which the league must improve on in the upcoming season. He simply is too good to remain at Leicester for very long, and he keeps getting better and better.
"That's a nice start but obviously I prefer to be on the pitch".
But the Portuguese manager did concede his side are one of seven teams who can bring the title home.
But if you compare our preparation between the two pre-seasons, you'll see the Club are very well prepared for this season. His style is so innately British, he is bound to be a hit at the Hawthorns.
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